When the USSR fell there was quite a bit of discussion about 'a new marshall plan' for the ex-ussr countries. The Germans basically vetoed the idea, saying they did not want a strong Russia. It seemed shorted sighted to me at the time, and looks that way with hindsight. I ran a large business development team over there (thru all the ex-soviet states) some years later and the russians (the leaders) had a huge chip on their shoulders which has only grown bigger. imho we would have been much better off helping them into the european economy rather than forcing them into the russia mob.Ha, NATO was formed precisely to protect the West from the USSR. So you are probably right. ;-)
well . . . . perhaps . . . . but imho more likely it will be a China uni-polar world. The American empire is finished - it has huge momentum and will take a longish slowish decline, it will become 2nd tier. And Russia is and will remain a bit player - as someone put it rather crudely 'a gas station with nuclear weapons'.in the end when the dust settles (and it will) there will be several power players keeping each other in check.
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